How To Spot A Replica Omega Wristwatch

Omega, which was founded in 1848, is one of the world’s oldest, most highly respected, and popular watch manufacturers, so it should come as no surprise that the brand is frequently the target of counterfeiters.

Knock-off reproductions vary in quality and detail with some so close in design to the original watch that the case back must be removed and the movement examined in order to verify the watch’s authenticity.

If you are considering purchasing an Omega, here is some advice to help spot a possible counterfeit.

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Omega Constellation Reference 2652SC

Multiple design elements in one

Combining multiple design elements into one is the biggest red flag to look for when identifying a replica watch.

Many counterfeits draw design elements from different Omega lines, resulting in a watch that has the features of two or more distinct Omega models. If the watch superficially appears to be a Speedmaster, but says Seamaster on the dial and has the case back of a Constellation, then the watch is probably a Replica.

One major exception to this rule is constituted by some vintage examples of Omega’s De Ville model.

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The Omega De Ville Tresor from 2014: a pure, modern De Ville design

Prior to becoming its own, unique model in Omega’s lineup, the De Ville was released as a variant in the Seamaster model range. As a result, some of the earlier versions have both names printed on the dial.

Check for misspellings and poorly executed printing/engraving

Given that Omega makes some of the finest timepieces in the world, you can rest assured that the firm does not produce watches with misspellings on the dial, case, or movement.

Additionally, any printing on the dial or engravings on the case/case back should be near perfect in execution on an authentic Omega.

If the lines are messy or crooked, then you are likely dealing with a replica watch.

Check the functions of the watch

Many counterfeiters do not bother to take the time to fully replicate all of the functions of the original watch.

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A pre-owned Omega Speedmaster on the wrist

Examples of this may include a Speedmaster with non-functioning subdials or helium gas escape valves that are misplaced or do not unscrew.

If an Omega without a date display or any other complication has multiple crown positions, then it is likely a sign that the movement inside was not originally intended for that watch.

Look for the serial number

Omega watches are engraved with a seven- or eight-digit serial number that is entirely unique to that specific watch.

Vintage watches frequently have the serial number engraved on the inside of the case back, while contemporary Omega models often have it engraved on the outside of the case (more often than not on the bottom of one of the lugs).

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The original style of the Omega Seamaster; these particular examples are from 1948 and 1949

Even when a serial number is present, it is worth running the number through a quick Internet search. Many counterfeit Omega models use the same serial number for multiple watches, so if the serial number comes up for anything other than the exact watch that you are holding, then it is likely a replica.

Examine the movement

If uncertainty remains, open the watch and examine its movement or take it to a watchmaker and have him or her do this.

Omega engraves its movements, and the majority of its vintage models feature movements that are plated in copper. All Omega movements – new and old alike – are remarkably well finished and possess a certain level of refinement and detail that will not be found on counterfeit timepieces.

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The movement of Omega Constellation Reference 2652SC from 1952: note the copper-colored plating

While this checklist is a great way to help you spot many Replica Omega watches, there will still be some counterfeits that are such faithful reproductions that you should have them examined by a professional before purchasing.

Anytime you purchase a watch, it is important to do your research. And, as always, you must trust the seller.

You might also enjoy, 6 Ways To Spot A Replica Watch, Even If You Don’t Know How To Spot A Replica Watch.

Paul Altieri is the founder and CEO of the popular pre-owned watch site Omega’s Watches.

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Replica Omega De Ville Prestige

As someone who very openly enjoys replica watches that many other people might not find as appealing, I pay particular attention to the series that many brands don’t feature on the homepages of their websites. The Omega De Ville Prestige collection, besides being a somewhat hidden gem within the larger sphere of Seamasters, Speedmasters, and Constellations, happens to fit this criteria.

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The Omega De Ville series was born around 1960 as part of the larger Seamaster series of watches. It was, at the time, the continuation of the classic dress watch heritage the Seamaster had embodied since 1948, but one that had become less important since the launch of the first dive watch in the series in 1957. It was in 1967 that the De Ville collection became independent of the Seamaster line, and began to develop its own individual charm and heritage. These were replica watches that continued to be dressy, classic, and elegant, but now appealed to a much wider market of consumers through their interesting designs, variety of cases — including squares, rectangles, and ovals — competitive prices, and timelessness of their dials.

Today, the De Ville collection, like other Omega collections, is a much larger collection of fake omega watches, with a multitude of “sub-series” hidden within. The particular “sub-series” we’ll be covering is the De Ville Prestige collection—a group of watches that continues to represent what made the De Ville series so appealing since its launch as an independent model in ’67.

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The Ref. 424.10.37.20.02.001 is the De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 36.8-mm. The replica watch, as its name indicates, is housed in a 36.8-mm case available in steel, yellow or rose gold, or two-tone (steel and yellow gold). Within resides the automatic Omega Caliber 2500— the very first Co-Axial movement available commercially (released in 1999), a historically important movement for Omega Replica and a major contribution to the world of watchmaking.

On the two-zoned dial, there is the option for either gold, white, blue, or silver, with applied Roman numerals at each quarter-hour, and tick marks for the remaining points. At the 3 o’clock position resides a utilitarian date indicator with sword hands for the hours and minutes sweeping over it. The last feature to notice is the chain-link bracelet—a bracelet somewhat reminiscent of the “rice-bead” bracelets so prevalent on vintage replica Omega. If you are on the hunt, Omega has this watch listed starting at $3,700, but it is possible to find it for much less at a dealer.

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While in all possibility Omega might not have meant for this watch to be a tribute to the more historical De Ville lineage, it is the contemporary series’ classic and timeless designs that give it a somewhat “vintage-esque” feel. From it being one of the smallest Omega men’s replica watches, with an approximately 37-mm case (still at least a millimeter or two larger than the vintage pieces); to its understated dial; to its sleek, most likely vintage-Seamaster-inspired hands; to, finally, its chain-link bracelet (probably more resilient than the stretch-prone rice bead version) — this watch gives the impression that it has not forgotten what made the De Ville so appealing decades ago.

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As you can tell, I like the modern Omega De Ville Prestige line. It is a collection far from the limelight that often graces Omega’s flagship collections, and, in my opinion, is one of the last holdouts, in a relatively affordable sense, of a classic replica watch meant to slip subtly beneath a shirt cuff. Some watches are underappreciated, some watches are understated; I feel that this watch happens to be both.

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For our most recent article, in which I compare modern and vintage examples of the Breguet Type XX, click here.

7 Milestone Omega Replica Watches from 1892 to Today

In its long history, Omega has contributed numerous important replica watches and innovations to the world of watchmaking. In this excerpt from our “Omega Milestones” E-Special, we chronicle seven of the 25 most important watches Omega Replica has ever made. For the complete E-Special listing all 25.

The world’s first minute-repeater wristwatch was unveiled in September 1892 by the Bienne, Switzerland firm of Louis Brandt & Frère, precursor to today’s Omega replica watch company. Brandt had chosen Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus to modify a 13-ligne Lépine ébauche that Audemars had purchased from the ébauche maker LeCoultre & Cie. The striking mechanism was triggered by a slide at 3 o’clock. The complex wristwatch case strongly resembles that of a pocketwatch. Engraved on the dust cover is a phrase in French that translates as “Excluded from the competition: juror, Paris 1889.” The engraving suggests that the watch had been exhibited at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, but had not been allowed to participate in the competition for medals because César Brandt, who ran the firm with his brother Louis-Paul, had served on the jury of the Paris World’s Fair in 1889.

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First Omega Wristwatch (1900)The first wristwatches bearing the Omega name were produced in 1900 and used by British officers in South Africa’s Boer War (1899-1903). Omega replica was one of the first firms to begin serial production of wristwatches. The replica watches withstood the rough treatment they got. An Omega advertisement in a watchmakers’ magazine in Leipzig in 1904 publicized the testimony of a British artillery officer whose Omega wristwatch performed admirably in bitter cold, searing heat, torrential rain and merciless sandstorms. The lieutenant colonel concluded that “The wristwatch is an essential campaign element.” The wristwatches were powered by a Lépine 12-ligne Caliber HN B and were available in two versions: one with the crown on the right, to be worn on the left wrist, and the other with the crown on the left for wearing on the right wrist.

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Omega Seamaster (1948)René Bannwart is considered the father of the Omega Seamaster line. The man who would later found Corum had begun building Omega’s design department in 1940. This was new. At that time, sketches for new models were usually drawn by draftsmen in watch-case factories. Bannwart’s decision set Omega on a new path that other brands would soon follow. To celebrate Omega’s 100th anniversary, Omega replica sales director Adolphe Vallat asked Bannwart to develop a sporty, robust and waterproof wristwatch. Bannwart felt that Vallat wasn’t giving him enough time, so he presented one of his case designs with the comment “much too clunky.” To Bannwart’s surprise, Vallat was delighted. The result was the Seamaster family. It had its origins in replica watches uk supplied to Britain’s Royal Air Force in World War II. The 1948 civilian version of the pilots’ watch had a water-resistant case (to 50 meters), a screwed caseback with lead gaskets, a reinforced crystal, a silvered dial, and polished and riveted Arabic numerals. The version with small seconds, which was also available as a certified chronometer, contained the new automatic Caliber 28.10 RA RG-343. The model with a central seconds hand was the 28.10 RA SC-350.

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Omega Constellation (1952)Omega began using the name “Constellation” in 1952 to denote its officially certified wrist chronometers. The premier model was powered by Caliber 28.10 RA SC PC RG AM (nicknamed the “352”), which first appeared in 1945. This caliber wound itself via a unidirectional hammer-type winding weight. It also featured an indirectly propelled central seconds hand. The 28.1-mm-diameter, 5.4-mm-thick movement passed the official chronometer tests with flying colors. Its sturdiness, reliability and precision prompted Omega to produce the Constellation in large numbers. This model was also Omega’s first serially manufactured wristwatch chronometer.

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Omega Speedmaster (1957)The Omega Speedmaster, destined to become the most famous chronograph in the world because of its use by NASA for the Apollo program, was introduced in 1957. But the Speedmaster story really begins in 1943 with chronograph Caliber 27 CHRO C12, developed by Jacques Reymond. Born into a long-established family of watchmakers, Reymond had joined Omega’s subsidiary Lemania in 1942. The “CHRO” in the caliber designation stood for “chronograph,” the “27” referred to the movement’s diameter in millimeters, and “C12” denoted the additional counter for 12 elapsed hours. Further developed by Albert Piguet in 1946 and christened by fake Omega with the shorter name “321,” this movement was the smallest of its type at the time. Credit for the Speedmaster case design belonged to a group at Lemania, including designer Claude Baillod, prototype-maker Georges Hartmann and machinist Désiré Faivre. The watch’s salient features were a black dial, luminous hands, a tachymeter scale, water-resistant case, screwed back and domed Plexiglas crystal. The diameter was originally 39 mm. A 40-mm version with the tachymeter scale on a black background along the flange appeared in 1960.

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Omega De Ville (1967)Omega launched De Ville as a separate line in 1967. It had been a collection within the Seamaster line since 1960. Simpler, younger, more colorful, and more varied than the Seamaster, it quickly became Omega’s best-selling collection. The name stood for an entire philosophy because the De Ville wasn’t created at Omega’s headquarters in industrial Bienne, but in sophisticated Geneva. The collection was intended to represent a new urban elegance. The designers had sought and found a modernistic element in wristwatch design. The collection included rectangular models containing the ultra-slim hand-wound Caliber 620. The synthesis of modernity and timelessness turned out to be just right. Omega De Ville wristwatches won six “Golden Roses” at the Baden-Baden design awards in the 1970s as well as the coveted Grand Prix Triomphe de l’Excellence Européenne.

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First Co-Axial Escapement (1999)The Omega De Ville Co-Axial contained automatic Caliber 2500, the first wrist chronometer with a co-axial escapement. The escapement was invented by English master watchmaker George Daniels. Omega developed Daniels’s design so that it could be manufactured in large quantities. Caliber 2500 was a modified self-winding movement from Omega’s Swatch Group sister, ETA. The co-axial escapement went a long way toward solving two fundamental problems that had plagued long- lasting precision timekeeping. First, every change in the viscosity of the lubricant oil detracted from the regularity of the rate behavior. Second, over time, the oil gradually disappeared from the locations where it was most needed in the movement. Daniels revised the architecture of the impulse-giving elements to reduce both the friction and the influence that the lubricant’s viscosity exerted on the balance’s amplitude. Unlike conventional escapements, his co-axial escapement consists of an intervening wheel, a co-axial wheel and a lever with three pallet jewels. The lever acts only when the balance swings counter-clockwise. To fully exploit the advantages of this escapement, 27-jewel Caliber 2500 had a Glucydur balance with a frequency of 28,800 vph and a flat, freely swinging hairspring. The movement debuted in a simple round case for which Omega reactivated the name “De Ville.”

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For the complete 25 “Omega Replica Watch Milestones” including the first wristwatch tourbillon, the Olympic Timer from 1932, the RAF Broad Arrow, the Seamaster Ploprof, and the first Omega Liquidmetal watch, download the E-Special now from the UkOmegaReplica online store.

Tow Classis Omega Replica Watches For Christmas Gift

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Christmas will be come soon, be hurry to come and select two omega replica watches as a Christmas gift.

Omega De Ville Dewdrop Replica Watch

Omega De Ville shine rendering an elegant series Dewdrop coaxial watch, perfectly capture the nature of the mysterious and share Smart butterfly elegance, as Ville family Adds romantic female charm.

18K red gold case with a sparkling diamond bezel, three on each side “drop” shape lugs. Gorgeous dial by 18K red gold and white mother of pearl to create a stunning butterfly pattern. This exquisite replica watch decorated with 8 diamond hour markers and five collections of style by the “drop” strung bracelet, while equipped with Omega 2500 coaxial movement.

Omega Men’s Constellation Replica Watch

Omega Constellation men’s replica watch new coaxial designed for modern men and build. The count for its three-dimensional diamond pattern when Pierre fore, inspired by men’s fashion geometry and construction sector, the world is a perfect balance of aesthetics and integration, bring some sense of peace and quiet to hectic people.

Steel to build the case decorated with 18K red gold or gold bracelet and a half-moon-hour scale also choose 18K gold material, and covered with Super-LumiNova luminous coating, so that in the night can be clearly read. This replica watch is also equipped with Omega 8500 coaxial movement.

This Christmas, Omega gold replica watch to bring you a warm golden Christmas, count all when inheritance Omega craftsmanship each unique design highlight the luxurious elegance. Pierre pleasing aesthetic reproduction of the classic moments, put it together to listen to the Christmas and New Year bells ring the bell, meet the new year.

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